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Dec 31, 2009 8:00pm EST
american art. it is from a collection called the frost collection. they are often the united states. >> what is the one behind your desk? >> these are the two from the national gallery. those of my number one favorite. >> tell us about anyone that comes to mind. >> we are taking part in the washington national opera production. it welcomes guests at various times. we welcome to the ambassador of russia, the ambassador of hungary, and then greeted the three supremes. we marched out into the stage. >> what about the gavels? >> they were given to me by various people. they have all have inscriptions. there is a photograph of there. that was taken in 1978. they are judging the court at the university of california berkeley law school. it is one of my fondest remembrances. he was still in very good health. >> when you work in an office like this, what atmosphere do you want? does it matter to you where you are we need to your writing and reading? >> am i to be an acquired taste. i like to have my law clerks at hand. in my regular chambers, all were inside chambers. now i have two that are in that
Jan 2, 2010 12:00am EST
education reform talks about the state of education in the united states. taking your calls and e-mail like every morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern, here on c-span. >> get your own copy of c-span pose the original documentary, the supreme court, on dvd. it is part of our american icons series, one of the many items available at >> next, we talk to the new supreme court justice, sonia sotomayor. she discusses her nomination by president obama, the confirmation hearings, and her first impressions of the job at a supreme court justice. her interview is followed by one with the first woman to serve on the court, former justice sandra day o'connor. >> 20 years plus, justice o'connor could remember vividly the details of her first argument, telling us what it was like. what are the impressions you are going to take away from yours? >> the moment that i sat down and was able to see the people in the audience, that is what i will intensely remember. there were lawyers that i knew sitting at the table in front of us ready to argue. watching the intensity of everyone's face -- i had forgotten
Jan 1, 2010 8:00pm EST
value. >> you ended up missing 89 united states senators. >> 92. i interviewed with three others after the hearings. before the hearing, it was 89. >> was that necessary? do you look back at that and say that that was time will invested? >> i think i am the first to justice who has met with that many senators. i mean that have been the only, but among the more recent justices, yes. necessary? i do know that i can masteanswet question. with many senators, i had meaningful conversations. just like for the american people to see, i think it is important for the senators to look at someone in the eye -- to borrow a phrase that one of them used -- and to sit with them and check personally and talk openly. obviously, when one speaks about it openly, there are topics that they would like to cover that i cannot talk about for the very reasons that i explained tduring the hearing. you cannot speak about current issues and would be inappropriate to speak about my personal views. that is not the way i describe a case. i look at the arguments that are presented and what the constitution or statute
Jan 1, 2010 12:00am EST
judiciary should draw on the talent of all the people of the great united states and not just some of them. >> what did you do in his administration? >> i was on the u.s. court of appeals for the d.c. circuit. >> before that, you had not had any government experience? >> before that i had been a law teacher for 17 years and general counsel for the american civil liberties union. >> you were before the court representing the aclu? >> representing a client that was supported by the aclu. >> what is the difference between standing in front of the court and then being on the other side? >> on the other side, you ask the questions, and being at the council podium, you answer questions. >> from your own experience of standing before the court, have been treated the attorneys in a differently because you have that experience originally? >> i think have a keen understanding of what it is like to be on the receiving end of questions. but i also know that as an attorney, i welcomed questions from the bench. some lawyers regard questions as an interruption in an eloquent speech that they have
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